The stadium was built for events during the 1964 World's Fair, also hosting various Olympic trials and concerts over the years, including a 1968 concert headlined by The Doors with The Who as the opening act. Jimi Hendrix also performed there in August 1968. In the summer of 1972, professional boxing was held at the Singer Bowl. Some of the fighters who boxed at the Singer Bowl were former Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson and future world champions Vito Antuofermo and Saoul Mamby. Other boxers of note that boxed at the Singer Bowl in 1972 were Edwin Viruet, John Clohessy, Roy Edmonds, Eduardo Santiago and others.